Novak Djokovic's mother: Australia keeping him prisoner
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Novak Djokovic could be deported from Australia on Monday if the courts rule against him and the Serbian’s season may be about to take another turn for the worse. Djokovic is looking to clinch Grand Slam number 21 in Melbourne, which would take him clear of the record he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
However, the world No 1 was refused entry at the Australian border after a visa mix-up over his Covid status and he was told to leave the country.
Djokovic’s camp are challenging the ruling in court on Monday and have secured an injunction to ensure the 34-year-old can remain Down Under until his future is decided.
The tennis star is being detained in an immigration hotel which his mother claims has “bugs, it’s all dirty, the food is terrible.”
If Djokovic is to be kicked out of Australia then his attention will turn to Paris, the next Grand Slam of the season.
But new rules in France requires all sportspeople to be vaccinated against coronavirus.
A decision has not yet been made whether those rules will apply to stars from overseas and the Telegraph claims Djokovic could receive clarity this week.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has refused to roll out strict measures in the UK so Djokovic is expected to play at this summer’s Wimbledon – whether he is vaccinated or not.
The US Open could also play host to Djokovic as their borders have not taken as firm a stance as Australia.
French President Emmanuel Macron earlier this week explained his extremely strong stance against those who refuse the jab.
“The unvaccinated, I really want to p*** them off,” he said. “And so, we’re going to continue doing so, until the end. That’s the strategy.”
He added: “I won’t send (the unvaccinated) to prison. I won’t vaccinate by force. So we need to tell them, from January 15, you won’t be able to go to the restaurant anymore, you won’t be able to down one, won’t be able to have a coffee, go to the theatre, the cinema.
“When my freedom threatens that of others, I become irresponsible. An irresponsible person is no longer a citizen.”
Speaking of the conditions Djokovic is currently held up in, his mother Dijana said: “He was like good. We didn’t speak a lot but we spoke for a few minutes.
“He was trying to sleep but he couldn’t. As a mother, what can I say?
“If you’re a mother you can just imagine how I feel – I feel terrible since yesterday, last 24 hours.
“They’re keeping him as a prisoner, it’s just not fair, it’s not human.
“So I just hope that he will be strong, as we are trying to give him some energy to keep going. I hope that he will win.”
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